RICHARDSON, Texas — Challenged to propose a creative summer energy savings tip, Kortney Gaura of Le Claire, Iowa, chose to implement “Anything Can Happen Sundays” in her household, and her submission led her to be named Lennox’ newest Energy Savings Superstar.

The Lennox 2018 Energy Savings Superstar contest offered an opportunity for consumers to think about how they devote their time and energy, and invited them to suggest simple but creative solutions for saving money on their energy bills during the steamy summer months. Gaura’s idea of filling a jar with several energy conserving tips to be implemented as a family created an opportunity for her family to spend more quality time together and save energy at the same time. This is exactly the type of energy-saving advice Lennox Industries was looking for when it launched the North America contest, which ran from July through August.

"This year, we received hundreds of original yet innovative and creative submissions; however, Kortney Gaura suggested a relatable tip that can easily be implemented in any household wanting to save money and energy, while creating an opportunity for more family time,” said Brittani Youman, energy efficiency expert at Lennox. “Since Lennox is a recognized leader in energy-efficient heating, cooling, and indoor air quality products, the Gaura family can rest easy knowing they are receiving world-class Lennox innovations that will maximize their energy savings and will keep them cool for many summers to come.”

For a chance to win, contestants had to describe their energy-saving tip in 1,000 characters or less, and submit a photo demonstrating their tip in action. The more creative and action-oriented the tip and photo, the better. As the grand prize winner, Kortney Gaura received:

  • $10,000 in Lennox cooling, heating, and indoor air quality equipment including an EL296V Gas Furnace, XC16 Air Conditioner,  iComfort S30 smart thermostat, and Lennox humidifier (with installation by J.L. Brady Company in Moline, Illinois);
  • A one-year supply of ice cream; and
  • Four tickets to a water park near her home.

As part of Lennox’ summer-long consumer education initiative on energy savings, hundreds of contestants submitted their tips along with photos of their advice in action via the Lennox Energy Savings Superstar Contest Website. Participants were encouraged to be clear, creative, and above all, have fun with there submissions. Lennox selected four finalists to compete in a head-to-head public vote on the company’s website to decide the grand prize winner.

“It’s exciting to know we are teaching our children at an early age how to be energy conscious and help save both money and the earth, and it’s something every family can easily do,” said Gaura. “Winning a new heating and cooling system has already made a difference in how comfortable our home is, and I’m looking forward to even bigger savings with equipment that is much more efficient than what we had before.”

Publication date: 12/11/2018

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